We know how important it is for us to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and the same goes for our pets. Adding water to our pets' food is a simple, virtually cost-free step we can take to ensure our pets stay healthy. Especially when they're fed primarily a kibble-based diet, the benefits of adding a little H2O to their bowl are too great to ignore.
Increases water intake.
This is especially crucial for cats, who are notorious for not drinking enough water on their own, but dogs can be poor water drinkers, as well. Keeping our pets well hydrated is just as important for their health as it is for ours. So adding a littler filtered H2O to their dinner bowl is an easy way to get them to drink more water and stay hydrated. Already incorporating wet food into your pet's diet? That's great! But, you should still consider adding water, especially if it's a pate or ground raw food. It will help them stay even more hydrated.
Helps prevent health problems.
So what happens when your cat or dog becomes dehydrated? Their bodies begin to suffer with an array of health problems. Dehydration can cause in an imbalance in electrolytes, which can negatively affect nearly every organ in the body. Blood circulation also suffers and the potential for urinary tract infections increases. Again, cat-lovers, this is crucial! UTI's are unfortunately one of the most common health problems for cats, and they're almost always caused by insufficient water intake. The same goes for dogs, who can also experience urinary issues when they don't drink enough. Adding water to their food is one of the best things you can do to help your pet stay hydrated and healthy!
Let's face it--kibble is hard. It's dry and brittle, and most pets probably end up swallowing whole pieces rather than chewing them up, which causes more work for the digestive system to break down these pieces. Our pets have an extremely short GI tract compared to ours, so food spends less time being digested. When we add water to our pet's kibble, it becomes softer and easier to digest, which means our pets are less likely to experience GI upset. Moistened kibble can also make chewing easier for puppies and senior dogs.
Slows them down.
Does your dog or cat seem to inhale his food? Just add water! Dry kibble can easily be slurped up in huge mouthfuls, but when you add water, it prevents your pet from "vacuuming" up all the food in a short time. Speed eating is known to cause health problems such as bloat, which is especially a concern for larger dogs. Adding water can help your pet slow down at mealtime and avoid potentially serious tummy troubles.
On the contrary, if your pet is finicky or tends to have a weaker food drive, adding water to their food can help stimulate their appetite. When water is added, the kibble expands and releases it's aroma, which can increase your pet's interest. Some pets just prefer wet food to dry, so adding water to kibble can help. Also, since moistened kibble is easier to chew, your pet will have a more enjoyable eating experience, which can improve his interest in mealtime. Take caution however. Wet food cannot sit out all day waiting for your pet to get hungry. Moisture increases bacteria growth, and within a few hours, that bowl of food can spoil, and then you'll want to throw it out. So make sure any wet food given to your pet is consumed within an hour or two.